Wednesday, August 17, 2011


it has its own musical!
the iowa state fair is like no other. i would say it's indescribable, but whoever wrote this did a pretty good job, so i'll leave it to the pros:

The internationally acclaimed Iowa State Fair is the single largest event in the state of Iowa and one of the oldest and largest agricultural and industrial expositions in the country. Annually attracting more than a million people from all over the world, the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines is Iowa’s great celebration, a salute to the state’s best in agriculture, industry, entertainment and achievement. It is the true heartbeat of the Midwest, unequaled and unduplicated."
(taken from the state fair website)

as i mentioned, we have made it an annual tradition to do the state fair with our southern friends, grant & ann. and even though they're from arkansas, they love the iowa state fair as much as we do. i secretly think they feel right at home among all the whiskey tango.*
quinn and olivia are best buds. they're only a week apart and attended their first state fair when they were just a few weeks old! i remember whippin' a boob out (as discreetly as possible, of course) to nurse quinn under a beer tent. it was the only shade we could find. ha! we've come a long way, baby.
this was the 100th anniversary of the butter cow.
yes, the iowa state fair has a life-sized cow made of butter. see?
piper and i signed her birthday card...

this is the agricultural building. you can see all kinds of award-winning fruits and vegetables and...oddly, bonsai trees! plus they have great live infommercials. we stood through a vitamix presentation for 15 minutes just to get a dixie cup of juice. but it was dang good juice! 
not as good, however, as the "juice" we found at the iowa craft beer tent! 
loved this addition to my stack of bracelets... 
that right there is a pork chop. on a stick.
'nuff said.
weeda from tingley had some really neat horses...

the new craze this year was red velvet funnel cake!  
ann and i devoured this in seconds. it was totally worth all the calories.
and indigestion.

the kids cooled off in the fountains...
yep. we're "those" people... 

my favorite thing at the fair is roasted corn!
i know i could make this at home for myself, but it's just not the same!
we promised piper she could pick any treat. decisions, decisions...

it was a beautiful day that turned into a beautiful evening.
we drove home sticky and dirty and tired... 
and thankful the fair comes only once a year!

*whiskey tango is code for white trash. wt, wt. get it?
by the way, no judgment on the white trash community. love 'em.
hell, we're the ones who let our snot-nosed kid run in the fountains with just her diaper on!


  1. At least Quinn wasn't completely naked.

  2. we're going on sunday...i can hardly wait!

  3. I grew up in Kansas and never went to our state fair, but I spent a year in Louisville for an internship during college and went to the Kentucky state fair like 5 times. My friends and I LOVED it. So much great people watching and great food!


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